23rd Jul 2004, 19:30
I also have the 1995 Isuzu Rodeo 3.2 V6 4x4. Yes, I have had the ticking/tapping sound in my car. As much as I've learned, it has to do with the valves. Isuzu suggested using 0 30 synthetic oil to help the problem. I did so and although it worked well at first, here came the tapping once again. Therefore, I have found a pretty good solution to the problem: I mix 20W oil with 10W 30 & the combination tends to take care of the tapping until it's time for an oil change.
I hope this helps & let me know if anyone else has a better solution.
30th Aug 2004, 16:27
I have a 94 Honda Passport 4x4 it has the ticking noise also. It's not the lifters themselves, but a hydraulic piston that sits inside the lifter. There is nothing you can do to fix this unless you want to spend big bucks. For now I am just going to live with Honda's mistake of putting a Isuzu motor in a Honda vehicle.. what a disappointment.
19th Sep 2004, 02:21
I recently had my fuel pump replaced a few weeks ago and it has seemed to lessen the hard starts. The pump can be heard more clearly when the key is turned before cranking. I think the fuel pressure reg may be bad. But if I turn the key to start position without engaging the stater and wait until the pump finishes pressurizing the line then crank it. No problems. (99 Rodeo V6 4wd LS)
24th Feb 2005, 23:28
I have a 1998 Isuzu Rodeo, and I hear rattling in the dashboard. But I took the whole dash board apart, and can't find out what it is still. It's an annoying rattle, that only does it when I drive.
14th Mar 2005, 12:50
I have a 95 Rodeo V6 and I experience the ticking noise at times with no reason or a change in the weather... cold front, rain, etc. Comes and goes... sometimes running hard on the interstate will cause it to tick when I exit. A friend told me to use auto transmission fluid in the crankcase (1 quart). I was resistant to this at first, but had tried everything else so gave it a try. I put 1/2 quart auto trans fluid in my crankcase when I changed oil and it really made a difference. I think the trans fluid is a thin lubricant that really gets into those places that are ticking. Anyway mine quieted down and only comes back if I run over 3000 miles without changing oil.
18th Jul 2006, 14:20
I have a 1995 Isuzu Rodeo and the check trans light keeps coming on and when it does you can't drive it unless you push down really hard on the gas. If I wait about 30 minutes idling all my dash lights come on and the check trans light goes away with them. Any ideas Brandi.
9th Feb 2010, 21:20
I own a 1995.5 Isuzu Rodeo we got from a friend in CA. He's kept it serviced well since purchase. It currently has close to 340,000 miles on it & still going strong.
Engine has always had a knocking noise since new but nothing was ever found to be a cause. We put a special treatment for high mileage cars in it to keep all the gaskets lubricated so it doesn't leak oil (@ oil changes) -- if not it leaks otherwise leak free.
Only thing we'd like to figure out how to fix is the hood latch, just because it seems a little loose & hood shakes.
It's tempermental in the cold Midwest weather, but what do you expect when it's spent 15 yrs in CA warm weather.
I'm LOVING my Rodeo! I trust it to drive an 84 mile round trip daily.
24th Jul 2010, 19:29
To all the people complaining about a ticking clunking noise, I just fixed mine. It is most likely the timing belt tensioner. It's hydraulic and a piece of crap, and tends to fail. I hope this helps someone.